SpaceX delays launch debut of upgraded Falcon rocket

SpaceX delays launch debut of upgraded Falcon rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5 is created to be capable of "10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment", according to SpaceX. "Also, I would like to thank Russian Federation for giving us the opportunity to use their orbital slot".

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) approximately 33 minutes after launch.

Blasted off successfully on Friday, it was the second launch attempt, SpaceX made for the take off of Block 5 rocket, the final iteration of the Falcon 9.

The rocket had its share of hangups to get to the successful launch today. If all goes as planned, SpaceX would fly the same rocket twice in a single day in 2019, which would be another first for the company. SpaceX says it will try again Friday. The company also arranged for the spacecraft's launch on the Falcon 9.

SpaceX is one of two private companies hired by NASA to ferry astronaut crews to the space station.

Share this article: The first Falcon 9 Block 5 blasts off from Cape Canaveral.

The Block 5 is also expected to be a key player in helping SpaceX send humans into space.

Teenager arrested after classmate shot with rifle at high school
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking into the history of the rifle and who owned the gun. While police searched for the suspect and secured the area, the school was on lockdown.

Another first for the launch was its Bangabandhu Satellite-1 payload, which is Bangladesh's first geosynchronous communications satellite.

The achievement was hailed by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a livestream appearance from her country's capital, Dhaka. "It is an important step forward in the country's digital advancement", the embassy said in a statement on Sunday. It would mostly cover South Asian countries and Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkestan and a part of Kazakhstan.

It is expected to have a 15-year lifespan and will help save money for the Dhaka government, which now spends $14 million annually to rent from the services of foreign satellites, government officials said.

However, over the last few months, a number of local TV channels have expressed their reservations that Bangabandhu-1 would be far out in the east and it might not be suitable for them.

The satellite will contain 40 transponders; Bangladesh will use 20 and rent out the rest.

Bangabandhu-1 Satellite is to establish Bangladesh's own stake on space, opening up enormous opportunities providing three types of advantages involving information and communication technology (ICT), and the broadcasting industry, alongside brightening Bangladesh image.

Related Articles

  • MPC votes 7-2 to hold Bank Rate at 0.5%

    MPC votes 7-2 to hold Bank Rate at 0.5%

    The announcement comes just weeks after observers seemed nearly unanimous in their predictions of a May rise in interest rates. The inflation rates of the most import-intensive components of the CPI appear to have peaked.
    Ireland Eurovision entry one of two censored in China

    Ireland Eurovision entry one of two censored in China

    Last month Chinese social media network Sina Weibo backtracked from a controversial gay content ban after a massive outcry. As you might have heard, the annual Eurovision Song Contest is now underway with the final taking place on 12th May.
    Trump, Pence prepare for IN  visit

    Trump, Pence prepare for IN visit

    Greg Pence , brother of Vice President Mike Pence , is the projected victor of the GOP primary in IN to replace Rep. Pence has not been almost as bombastic as President Donald Trump, who's called the investigation a "witch hunt".
  • Egypt strongly condemns terrorist attacks on Indonesia churches

    Egypt strongly condemns terrorist attacks on Indonesia churches

    Sunday's bombings had the highest death toll since nine people were killed in 2009 attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta . As Indonesia is mostly Muslim-majority country is facing resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent months.
    Mohamed Salah shares Liverpool's ambitions, to stay with the Kops

    Mohamed Salah shares Liverpool's ambitions, to stay with the Kops

    They may have drawn seven of their 17 games at home this season but ultimately that would be enough for them on Sunday. A draw will do for Liverpool as they aim to secure Champions League football at home to Brighton on Sunday.
    Hawaii braces for major volcano eruption, prepares for possible evacuation of 2000

    Hawaii braces for major volcano eruption, prepares for possible evacuation of 2000

    The magma that has emerged so far has been relatively cool and slow-moving, believed to be left over from a similar event in 1955. Geological Survey recorded more than two dozen earthquakes in the area near the east coast of the Big Island on Saturday alone.
  • Vasyl Lomachenko KO's Jorge Linares

    Vasyl Lomachenko KO's Jorge Linares

    It's the modern way to want to call someone the greatest, and Lomachenko hasn't even fought 10 full rounds as a lightweight yet. The third saw Linares score with his telling right hooks which has been the main part of his arsenal throughout his career.
    Oil Gains as Israel and Iran Clash After Trump's Sanctions Move

    Oil Gains as Israel and Iran Clash After Trump's Sanctions Move

    One factor that could prevent markets from tightening further is soaring U.S. oil output. That plan could be revisited at the next Opec meeting in June.
    LG brings Google Assistant to its 2018 ThinQ TVs powered by webOS

    LG brings Google Assistant to its 2018 ThinQ TVs powered by webOS

    That openness means there's a good chance whatever smart device you want to control in your home has some level of Alexa support. It has been challenging Google more frequently by launching that services duplicate what Google already offers on Android .
  • The terrorist attacked the passers-by in the centre of Paris

    The terrorist attacked the passers-by in the centre of Paris

    A separate list, the File for the Prevention of Terrorist Radicalization (FSPRT), focuses on people judged to be terror threats. The law led to a heated discussion in the parliament, while the United Nations experts criticized it for "vague wording".
    Google updates Privacy Policy ahead of GDPR

    Google updates Privacy Policy ahead of GDPR

    You'll continue to have granular control over the data you share with us when you use our services, but with clearer explanations. This is part of Google's compliance with the new European privacy regulations known as the General Data Protection Regulation .
    Meghan Markle's wax figure at Madame Tussauds has been unveiled

    Meghan Markle's wax figure at Madame Tussauds has been unveiled

    Markle , a 73-year-old retired lighting director, also took time to read up on her new life with Harry at a local internet cafe. Mini has created a one-off vehicle to commemorate the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle .